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Today in History — July 23

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Monday, July 23, the 204th day of 2007. There are 161 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 23, 1967, a week of deadly race-related rioting that claimed 43 lives erupted in Detroit.

On this date:

In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.

In 1886, New York saloonkeeper Steve Brodie claimed to have made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River (however, few historians believe the jump actually occurred).

In 1892, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was born.

In 1914, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; the dispute led to World War I.

In 1945, French Marshal Henri Petain, who had headed the Vichy government during World War II, went on trial, charged with treason. (He was condemned to death, but his sentence was commuted.)

In 1951, Henri Petain died in prison.

In 1952, Egyptian military officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser launched a successful coup against King Farouk.

In 1977, a jury in Washington D.C. convicted 12 Hanafi Muslims of charges stemming from the hostage siege at three buildings the previous March.

In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee Chen, were killed when a helicopter crashed on top of them during filming of a Vietnam War scene for “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” (Director John Landis and four associates were later acquitted of manslaughter charges.)

In 1986, Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.)

Ten years ago: The search for Andrew Cunanan, the suspected killer of designer Gianni Versace and others, ended as police found his body on a houseboat in Miami Beach, Fla., an apparent suicide.

Five years ago: Thousands of Palestinians marched to bury their dead after an Israeli airstrike killed a top Hamas leader and 14 civilians, including nine children. Welsh archbishop Rowan Williams was chosen to be the 104th archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans. A frail but determined Pope John Paul II arrived in Toronto at the start of an 11-day trip that also took him to Guatemala and Mexico. Novelist Chaim Potok died in Merion, Pa., at age 73. Actor Leo McKern died in Bath, England, at age 82.

One year ago: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hospitalized on the 17th day of a hunger strike; he appeared thinner but healthy at his trial a few days later. American Floyd Landis won the Tour de France (tests later showed high testosterone levels, but Landis said he was innocent of doping). Tiger Woods became the first player since Tom Watson in 1982-83 to win consecutive British Open titles. Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Universe 2006.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 82. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 71. Actor Ronny Cox is 69. Radio personality Don Imus is 67. Country singer Tony Joe White is 64. Rock singer David Essex is 60. Actor Larry Manetti is 60. Singer-songwriter John Hall is 59. Actress Belinda Montgomery is

57. Rock musician Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is 57. Actor Woody Harrelson is 46. Rock musician Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is 46. Actor Eriq Lasalle is 45. Rock musician Yuval Gabay is

44. Rock musician Slash is 42. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is 40. Rock musician Nick Menza is 39. Model-actress Stephanie Seymour is

39. Actress Charisma Carpenter is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Watters is 37. Country singer Alison Krauss is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dalvin DeGrate is 36. Rock musician Chad Gracey (Live) is

36. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 35. Country singer Shannon Brown is 34. Actor Omar Epps is 34. Baseball player Nomar Garciaparra is 34. Actress Stephanie March is 33. Country musician David Pichette (Emerson Drive) is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Michelle Williams is 27. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 18.

Thought for Today: “There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.” — Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorean essayist and political writer (1832-1889).